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How Long Can A Person Live After Being Diagnosed With Cirrhosis Of The Liver
A long time: Cirrhosis means scarring of the liver. Patients can live over ten years with cirrhosis as long as they do not have other complications like liver cancer, GI bleeding or encephalopathy or peritonitis. Once one has a complication from cirrhosis, they are defined as decompensated cirrhosis and often have an average life-expectancy of 2 years or less. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
How long can a person with cirrhosis of the liver and mild hepatic encephalopathy live if transplant is not an option?
How long can a person with cirrhosis of the liver and mild hepatic encephalopathy live if transplant is not an option due to advanced age (80 yrs)?
Depends on MELD: Difficult to estimate survival in patients with cirrhosis until their meld or child's score becomes elevated. If one's meld score is high, mortality in the next 3months is high. Otherwise it is very difficult to predict. Follow closely with your physician so that symptoms of cirrhosis can be managed. ...Read more
Very Long: People can use this treatment for the long term. ...Read more
Liver disease: The progression of liver disease is difficult to predict and depends on the source of injury. The majority of people with stage 2 fibrosis live many more years with the disease. ...Read more
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Cirrhosis: In a recent study 0.3% of patients taking tricor (fenofibrate) had cirrhosis. There were over 14, 000 patients covered. That's a pretty low incidence of cirrhosis for any population. Not a big risk with the drug. ...Read more
How long can a patient with cirrhosis of the liver with symptoms managed by medications survive after a TIPS procedure?
Maybe good news: The procedure can greatly improve the quality of one's life at the possible expense of making hepatic encephalopathy a bit worse. If a cause of cirrhosis can be found and removed, the condition can reverse partially. I don't know the cause, but with the new cure for hepatitis C, and the possibility that anyone may suddenly sober up, don't give up hope. Best wishes. ...Read more
My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?
Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more
Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if
You give her yours?: Don't believe it. No ethical or competent physician would ever tell anyone to take someone else's medication. People with histories of alcohol are at very high risk of abusing benzos, and especially xanax, (alprazolam) which has a very high abuse potential. If a doctor wants to prescribe anti-anxiety agents for her, there are far safer ones for her, and she needs to get her own medication from her own md. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: There have been deaths of heavy-drinking celebrities during their 20's. Mr. Mckernan died at age 26 of cirrhosis, probably from his alcohol use. If you believe you have something in your life that may be damaging your liver, please get with your physician -- we know many tricks that may help. Best wishes. ...Read more
4: There are four stages of fibrosis (scarring) and stage 4 is cirrhosis. When you say stage 4 cirrhosis--it is a confusing term since the europeans use a different classification where stage 4 of cirrhosis means cirrhosis with signs of liver failure that is much worse than stage 4 of fibrosis. Please discuss more with your liver doctor. ...Read more
No.: I'm not certain what specifically you mean by "excessive" and "longer periods" but, providing your overall diet is healthy and well balanced, it shouldn't cause liver cirrhosis or damage to any organ or system. Garlic is used fairly extensively in many ethnic cuisines and, other than a garlic odor to breath and sweat, no adverse effects have been reported in human beings. ...Read more
Variable: Usually many years (ie decade) but in some it is more rapid and in others it may never occur. ...Read more
Yes and no: Cirrhosis is a histologic diagnosis but can made without a biopsy with almost certainty based on lab data, imaging studies and physical exam. Liver cancer (hcc) is also a histologic diagnosis, but in the setting of cirrhosis it can be made based on MRI or ct imaging criteria without a biopsy with >95% certainty. ...Read more
What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?
Biopsy shows liver fibrois bridging cirrhosis. How long until progress to cirrhosis if drinking one shot of vodka every other day. Months or years?
What are you asking?: Please forgive my frankness. And listen to yourself. Are you trying to kill yourself? Or are you playing chicken with your liver? Surely you are not unable to live without vodka? If it fills some emotional need, there are other med that can give you a similar good feeling that won't make your awful disease speed up? With total sobriety your liver may heal. Dying from cirrhosis is horrible. ...Read more
Should neksium 40mg be given to patients suffering from liver cirrhosis, hep c, if yes for how long?
It depends: The dose is usually no more than 20 mg a day in people whose liver isn't working well due to cirrhosis. If neksium is being given for occasional heartburn, perhaps talk to your doctor about positioning at night, changing diet, and other non-medication interventions. If you have esophagitis (inflammation) then you might need it every day. It is worth talking to your doctor about alternatives. ...Read more
Cirrhosis. Of liver complete body shut down. My brother is 64. Plug being pulled today. How long. My twin. Hste to lode him?
Rapidly: If as you say complete shut down. ...Read more
Long history of very heavy drinking. Ultrasound 16 Mnth ago showed fatty liver all else norm. Been abstinent 5 months. Is cirrhosis unlikely? Thanks.
Yes, unlikely: An ultrasound can generally distinguish between fatty liver and the presence of denser tissue, like fibrosis and scarring (which are found in cirrhosis). If you stopped drinking, it should return to normal, and congratulations! Your doctor can follow up, generally with blood tests (or maybe another ultrasound) to determine whether things have gotten back to normal. Keep staying away from alcohol ...Read more
My bili has been elevated since last may ALT AST has been elevated since last June. Why would it be so long? Havefatty liver does this mean cirrhosis?
No: Fatty liver disease can lead to cirrhosis, but can be averted too. Depending on the extent of fatty deposits depends on liver function. The markers u are speaking of May be mildly elevated in u'r case, but I suggest seeing a Gastroenterologist as u may require tests to look at u'r common bile duct or pancreatic ducts. There are other blood tests too that may identify other conditions ...Read more
Is a MRCP scan without contrast of the liver/pancreas sufficient to diagnose cancer, cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis or separate organ MRI required?
Reassurance: This is good and appropriate test for diagnosis all diseases that you mention. ...Read more
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